ASTON, Pa. – The Johnstown Tomahawks scored four goals in the second period en route to a 5-2 victory over the Aston Rebels Friday night at the IceWorks Skating Complex.
The Tomahawks and the Rebels skated to a scoreless first period despite both teams producing quality scoring chances.
Johnstown opened the scoring midway through the second period when Niko Coffman deposited a puck behind Rebels goalie Darion Hanson. Casey Linkenheld assisted on the goal.
Evgeny Yakovlev tied things up for the Rebels three minutes later with Drew Blackmun and Kristofers Bindulis assisting on the goal.
The Tomahawks quickly responded with a Tommy Horn goal 23 seconds later.
Defenseman Zak Galambos notched a power play goal at 14:55 of the second period. Kelly O’Brien and Ryan Burr picked up the helpers on the goal.
Aston brought the game to a one-goal deficit at 16:59 when Blackmun scored.
With less than one minute to play, the Tomahawks regained a two-goal advantage off an O’Brien goal that was assisted by Alex Alger and Ryan Burr.
Johnstown increased the lead to 5-2 when Brendan Jaquay finished a two-on-one pass from Anthony Parrucci. For Jaquay, the goal was his seventh of the season.
Tomahawks goalie Andrew Lindgren held strong throughout the third period and the Tomahawks withheld the Rebels to take the 5-2 victory.
Lindgren stopped 22 Rebels shots en route to his fifth victory of the season. His record improved to 5-4-1 with the Tomahawks.
Johnstown returns to the Cambria County War Memorial Friday Jan. 22 for the start of a weekend series with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. Friday night is Kids Night and features an appearance by the world-famous ZOOperstars. Saturday, Jan. 23 is the fourth annual Guns n’ Hoses night where police and firefighters face-off for a charity game before the Tomahawks take the ice. For more information, call 814-536-GOAL or visit JohnstownTomahawks.com